Associate in Applied Science in Caterpillar Technician Training

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Caterpillar Technician Training degree prepares students with the skills required to service and repair Caterpillar machines. The program combines general education curriculum, specialized Caterpillar machine coursework, and practical experience through internships to prepare students to work in authorized Caterpillar service facilities. Students receive training in diesel engines, electrical principles and electronic controls, sophisticated computer-based diagnosis, state-of-the-art hydraulics and powertrains, HVAC certification, as well as other high demand skills.

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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Caterpillar Technician Training (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3005
Total Credits Required
73-79
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Effective Term
Fall 2021
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Students are encouraged to complete General Education requirements prior to Caterpillar coursework.

Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Use appropriate service information, tools, and equipment to accomplish tasks related to the service and repair of Caterpillar machines.
  2. Explain the theory and operation of the following systems: electrical, electronic controls, HVAC, hydraulic, powertrain, and engine.
  3. Perform disassembly, cleaning, reassembly, testing, and installation of components and systems according to Caterpillar specifications.
  4. Practice industry culture involving professionalism that includes dress, attendance, and internal/external client relationships.
  5. Employ safe personal and workplace habits according to industry standards.
  6. Effectively communicate with diverse audiences.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

$47,518

Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

$47,589

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CTT110 Introduction to Caterpillar Service Industry 3
CTT112 Hydraulic Fundamentals 3
CTT114 Basic Electrical Fundamentals 3
CTT118 Caterpillar Dealer Internship I 3
ENG101 First-Year Composition FYC 3
GTC107 Technical Mathematics I 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CTT111 Caterpillar Engine Fundamentals 4
CTT113 Fuel Systems 3
CTT116 Power Train I 3
CTT119 Caterpillar Dealer Internship II 3
ENG102 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3
Social Behavioral Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area Recommended CFS157 Marriage and Family Life SB 3

Summer Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CTT115 Air Conditioning Fundamentals 3
CTT201 Machine Electronics 3
WLD101 Introduction to Welding 3

Fall Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CTT117 Machine Hydraulic Systems 3
CTT200 Power Train II 3
CTT205 Caterpillar Dealer Internship III 3
CRE101 or
CRE111
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Critical Reading for Business and Industry L 0–3
Humanities, Arts and Design Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area Recommended ENH255 Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film HU 3
Oral Communication Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area Recommended COM 110 Interpersonal Communication COM 3

Spring Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CTT202 Engine Diagnostics and Repair 3
CTT203 Machine Diagnostics 3
CTT204 Machine Specific Systems 3
CTT206 Caterpillar Dealer Internship IV 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Caterpillar Technician Training (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=165405).